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the crisis in ukraine. >> secretary of state john kerry will meet with his russian counterpart in paris today. >> there are reports this morning that russian troops have seized two ukrainian defense missile system in crimea. >> sanctions could be imposed on russia if it fails to de-escalate by tomorrow. >> if you like your health plan you may be able to keep it longer. the "washington post" says the obama administration is rewriting rules. >>> mom and dad are victors against a daughter for whom they refused to support. >> in florida, a woman and her three children are safe as a dramatic ocean rescue. they were inside a minivan that drove into the surf at daytona beach. >> what were they thinking about? >> electrical contractors believed to be at fault for a huge explosion in south jersey. at least ten homes were destroyed. >> chaos. didn't know what was going on, what had happened. >>nother member of the bush family has entered the political arena. george p. bush won texas land commissioner. >> what is the burrito without guacamole? chipotle is warming climate change
minister of the ukraine to assure him in this difficult moment the united states supports his government's efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and a democratic future of the ukraine. i also commend the ukrainian government's restraint and commitment to uphold its international obligations. we'll continue to coordinate closely with our european allies. we will continue to communicate directly with the russian government. and we will continue to keep all of you in the press and the american people informed as events develop. thanks very much. >> are they russian forces in crimea? >> the un security council held an emergency session to discuss the unrest in ukraine. ambassadors to ukraine, united states, russia, and other countries spoke to reporters for about an hour and 10 minutes. >> i briefed the security council on the developments. this majority, constitutional majority which demonstrated the support not only of the new leaders in power but also the opposition. yesterday, the government was created. again, by overwhelming majority, which gives the legacy and
of the struggle for freedom, and the united states reaffirms our commitment to ukraines sovereignty and territorial integrity. we condemn the russian confederations act of aggression, and we have throughout this moment, and evidence of a great transformation taking place, and in that transformation, we will standing with the people of ukraine. today ukrainians are demanding a government with the consent of the people, and i have to say that we all greatly admire the restraint of that the transitional government has shown as it makes this transition. they have shown restraint despite an invasion of ukrainian homeland, and the russian government that has chosen aggression and intimidation as a first resort. the contrast really could not be clearer, determined ukrainians demonstrating strength through unity and the russian government out of excuses, hiding its hand behind falsehoods, intimidation, and provocations. in the hearts of ukrainians in the eyes of the world, there is nothing strong about what russia is doing. that both sides can accept. the prime minister spoke yesterday and
of state joe carried a pressing need is to sponsor a good approach. he talks of a crisis in ukraine the rounded adults to read during the ukrainian forces continue to hold outs and the deceased crimea. or does apply but if people tried to any breach in its border with moral code. amid warnings that many will be overweight this crisis in crime is sin is a war of words rages. here is a two state owned carriers in frocks ahead of a dentist takes me to his russian counterpart sergei lavrov but now the countries surveyed both the palms of recent events in ukraine and health at stores open. words of rock above all just rhetoric saying that there's a strong belief the russian action is punishing is central to her message. we are preparing to work with anybody. if they're genuine interest to ensure that ukraine on. is able to govern itself. as i indicated before and something that i think it's not been emphasized enough. they are currently scheduled to have elections in may. the actions are aimed a car or fall. president putin says moscow will not recognize its peak in this first set of eye
as if the attacks were by ukrainians. that is used for an excuse against ukraine. >> russia and the united states and ukraine is calling for a fact finding mission if they are at risk of attacks. president obama is saying that the russian movements are violating international law as this consider the sanctions to end the crisis, mike is at the white house for us, what did the president have to say about the crisis today? >> now is the time to decide about russia and the actions. two paths, it can continue on the current course and over time that is costly proposition and referencing are sanctions that are in the works. or it can take the off ramp, and proposal to put monitors in crimea and monitor the concerns and the persecution we heard about that the russian government is alleging being perpetrated against the russian speakers in crimea. tony, on any other a day when the prime minister appears at the white house, iranian nuclear program and peace talks, those would be the topics being discussed, instead it was this emerging crisis in ukraine, the president sat down with prime minister in the o
. >> crimea was, is, and will be an integral part of the state of ukraine. >> ukraine's new prime minister talking about the tensions in crimea as russian navy ships remain in the port. >>> plus diplomatic efforts to stabilize the situation in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry set to meet with russian's foreign minister in paris. >>> and the jet of the future that is costing taxpayers a fortune now. ♪ >>> world leaders engaging in shuttle diplomacy today over the crisis in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with officials in france, nato is also holding talks in brussels. here is is what is at stake. in crimea things are tense. >> reporter: if there is somewhere in crimea where the russians have full control it is here at the port. ships of the black sea fleet block all traffic, military and civilian, draining all life from this otherwise thriving port. this is an easy target for the russians. but if their intention is to take over all ukrainian military installations in crimea, then the mission is not over yet. ukrainian servicemen have refused to yield to this russian
leader has called for ukraine's parliament to convene right away. secretary of state john kerry has been meeting with his own advisors, his own aides, he's also speaking with ukraine's leaders. lets bring in our foreign affairs reporter, she's getting new information. what are you learning, elise? >> reporter: i'm told secretary of state john kerry did speak today with the interim ukrainian president and why is that important? because right now the president has just said that he's ready to direct all of ukraine's resources to answer any russian intervention in ukraine. we look at what's going on in crimea right now, but we're also looking at the fact that over the last week, wolf, ukraine underwent some monumental changes, president yatsenyuk is out, a new interim leadership is there so the u.s. really wants to stand by this new fledgling leadership making it known that they're going to help with whatever is possible in economic and diplomatic support as they go through the next couple of days. >> some leaders are saying they will not show up to the g-8 meeting in sochi. - >> there was
her permission to enavoid ukraine. >> the united states will stan with the international community in affirming there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. >> president obama spent 90 minutes speaking with putin this afternoon and hopes to de-escalate the situation. the white house released a statement following the conversation saying the president cautioned russia, it's decision to send troops into the ukraine would negatively impact its standing in the international community. the u.n. security council held a meeting. >> urge member states of the united nations to demonstrate solidarity with the ukraine nation. ukraine's ambassador to the u.n. claims there are 15,000 russian troops on the ground in crimea. the white house says this is a breach of international law and guess against russia's military basing agreement with ukraine. >> china state media says 28 people are dead and 113 injured after a knife-wielding assailants attackes people at a train station in southwestern china. police killed five of the assailants. officials believe it was organized premedita
in the ukraine. all 14 members, 15 is russia, they stated that for the territorial integrity, they stated for the unity, they stated practically for the support. count on this majority. but if the security council is really capable to deal with the ituation like the ukraine has, in terms of security council reform, its effectiveness, the rapid mystery act -- the rapidness to react to stop the violence. i am referring to what the french leadership stated during the general assembly last september. to forget about the leaders when atrocities are standing before us. when a challenge to international peace is in front of us. well, this is my expectation, but also the expectation of the major general assembly supporters as well. i don't think that the respective country could pause itself about what they think about all of these trocities. >> are you saying there is no way in which the current government of kiev would accept the idea of a referendum in crimea without outside partial monitors to find out what the people of crimea want in the way of their government? >> to be a pure legal list,
about crime in parliament, wants to separate our muslim crimea from ukraine state. >> reporter: here were different supporters, banded together to defend their interests. some want crimea to turn to russia, others for the region to have greater autonomy. this is the contest over who can shout the loudest, who has the largest number of supporters, and who cares more about the future of crimea and ukraine. police looked pressured and understaffed. it may not be up to them but the politicians to keep the peace. crimea should choose peace this man's sign reads, but he looks like a loan voice and it is unclear who is ready to listen. >>> and again the divisions in the west of ukraine, those riot police who fought against the opposition for months have been disbanded, and in the east russia conducting military drills on the border. our coverage continues now with jennifer glasse. jennifer describe your situation there. >> reporter: this morning we came across a whole group of russian protesters. they had an open mic morning. they sent bus loads of people to the demonstrations that you saw,
for you. america's top diplomat heading to ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with the key players in kiev. >> translator: this was an unconstitutional coup. >> reporter: and vladimir putin speaking out about the represents. >>> president obama outlining his budget wish list and an emphasis on the working poor. >>> and we'll tell you how police in new orleans are trying to keep things under control for fat tuesday. ♪ >>> secretary of state john kerry is in kiev at this hour. he is expected to speak shortly showing u.s. support for ukraine's new government. we are waiting for that to happen. vladimir putin spoke out earlier, rejecting the new government in ukraine. phil ittner watching the situation for us from kiev. and phil this is the first time we have heard from vladimir putin since the crisis began? >> reporter: that's right, dell, secretary of state kerry did show up and spend some time on the square paying tribute to those who lost their lives, but you are right, before he showed it up was vladimir putin who was in the spot light. he spent an hour with the russian
in ukraine. >> the united states will stand with the international community in affirming there will be costs for my military intervention in ukraine. >> reporter: there are reports pro russian gunmen are guarding two airports in the crimian peninsula and that russian crews are around the coastguard base. >> any violation of ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity would be deeply destablizing. >> reporter: earlier viktor yanukovych vowed to fight for his country. the fugitive president said threats against his family forced him to leave ukraine. he's now in southern russia. secretary of state john kerry spoke on the phone with his russian counterpart friday and said he made it clear to the russian foreign minister not to intervene. >> the question is whether or not what is happening now meeting crossing a line in any way and we're going to be very careful in making our judgments about that. >> reporter: the obama administration wants to focus on the political transition in ukraine's capital to help keep the country stable. craig boswell for cbs news, the state department. >> secret
kerry, pass by. what are people in kiev, in ukraine, hoping to hear from the secretary of state when he speaks a few minutes from now? >> reporter: i have been in independence square for the past few days where there are these very emotional scenes with people laying flowers on the barricades. there were battles between the protesters and the police. it has become a memorial to the people that died mainly shot by snipers. you can see people still laying flowers into the evening. very important for the people of this part of ukraine at least that john kerry was seen here in independence square paying his respects to the people that lost their lives here, sort of laying a memorial to them as well. they are looking for him now to take strong action to put whatever diplomatic, financial, and political pressure he can on russia, along with his allies in the international community, to pull back from their position in ukraine. what exactly those levers are, remains unclear for the moment. what's been announced coinciding with john kerry's visit but the u.s. is $1 billion in a credit line, cre
ambassadors to ukraine, united states, russia and other countries talked to reporters for about an hour and 10 minutes. >> i briefed the security council on the developments and informed them about the creation of the new government by the overwhelming majority in the parliament this majority constitutional majority, which demonstrated the support not only of the new leaders in the power but also the opposition. yesterday the government was created again by overwhelm inging majority which gives legitimacy and the parliament of government was announced yesterday. it is bringing the vision of how to cope with the current crisis and how to cope with the reach of this crisis and how to stabilize the situation. the basic principles of this program is further tprpl makes of the civil society based on democratic principles and degree of the rights to all the nation of minority including language. a lot of stipulation about that. then unfortunately i informed about the recent developments in crimea crimea. today the parliament issued the resolution explaining that in crimea
. >>> new developments in the crisis in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry issue add new warning to russia about keeping ukraine whole. and in congress republicans say they will work with president obama to face down vladimir putin. steve handelsman is on capitol hill with more on all this. steve? >> doreen, thanks. some are charging this crisis might never have happened if president obama in the pat had been tougher on russian president vladimir putin. they say they're eager now to help him get tougher. as the crisis in the crukraine, they're getting ared to convene. >> it's more than a cause for concern. it's a cause for action. >> reporter: and tenses rose in eastern ukraine. in crimea where the russian navy, air force, and army have control, russian advocates strapped in a cafe, a dutch united nations man finally three. aboorted his mission and checked vladimir putin's rationale for sending russians here. that they're in danger. in paris russian foreign minister met with secretary of state kerry but he refused to meet with ukrainians. >> we renew our call for russians to spea
scoffs and said that's like saying putin would attack the united states. he grew up in the ukraine as a soviet republic and says he and the citizens he represents here do not want to go back and live under moscow domination. >> eric shawne, thank you. the president just spoke about the crisis in ukraine. wendell is at the white house for us this afternoon. what did the president say? >> she president said russia is on the wrong side of history and its actions violated international law and the agreements it signed with that country. the secretary of state kerry is headed to kiev to offer aid to ukraine to make it more independent of russia, and he warned moscow that continued intervention in ukraine will cost the -- the costs will be high. >> if in fact they continue on the current trajectory they're on, that we are examining a whole series of steps, economic, diplomatic, that will isolate russia. and we will have a negative impact on russia's economy and its status in the world. >> protest spoke on the phone with russian president vladimir putin for 90 minute officers the weekend,
the united states is facing as the ukraine melts into this revolution crisis over the course of the last 48 hours. over the last 48 hours we have seen the public rhetoric from public officials from the president on down increase, very dramatic, brief statement by the president about 5:00 in the briefing room at the white house. the president of the united states does not go out on a friday afternoon at 5:00 on his way literally to a dnc national fund raiser and make this kind of statement unless the situation is dire, unless he has got to put down a marker but still it is unclear what tools are in the tool box for the united states at this point in order to coerce vladimir putin and russia to back off whatever they are up to in crimea at this point. >> nick, how important do you think is u.s. support to the people there in kiev? >> it's extremely important. because as mike says, it's not clear how many tools the u.s. has in its tool box. the ukrainian government has fewer tools in its tool box. we've had absolutely no action from the government, granted they are 40 years old so of course it
to abide by the terms of that agreement, fleeing kiev, and ultimately ukraine. the united states categorically rejects the notion that the new government of ukraine is a "government of victors." it is a government of the people and it is one that intends to shepherd the country toward democratic elections on may 25th - elections that would allow ukrainians who would prefer different leadership to have their views heard. and the united states will stand strongly and proudly with the people of ukraine as they chart out their own destiny, their own government, their own future. the bottom line is that, for all of the self-serving rhetoric we have heard from russian officials in recent days, there is nothing that justifies russian conduct. as i said in our last session, russia's actions speak much louder than its words. what is happening today is not a human rights protection mission and it is not a consensual intervention. what is happening today is a dangerous military intervention in ukraine. it is an act of aggression. it must stop. this is a choice for russia. diplomacy can serv
support for ukraine's government. >> the united states reaffirms our commit to ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. according to international law. we condemn the russian federation's act of aggression. >> reporter: russia is under pressure to pull thousands of troops from southern ukraine, a region with many ethnic russians and considerable strategic advantages for russia's military. in his first extended comments since russian troops seized crimea, president vladimir putin called the recent uprising an unconstitutional ciewp and said moscow -- coup and said moscow reserves the right to protect ukraine [ inaudible ] it will offer advisories to help with new elections. president obama has also been huddling with his staff about economic sanctions against russia that might convince putin to change course. world financial markets and russia's currency rebounded tuesday after a big drop. putin claims any sanctions will backfire. craig boswell for cbs news, the white house. >>> homicide investigators were called to a silver spring neighborhood today after a man was found dead
. high-stakes talk to end the tense, tense armed standoff in ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with officials from russia and ukraine. is there a way out of this impasse? we'll bring you live team coverage on the very latest. >>> dramatic testimony kauflg an olympic hero to break down in tears. the details of his girlfriend's death who hard to hear. happening right now, the blade runner back in court on trial for murder. we're live with who's on the witness stand at this moment. >>> the deep freeze, it is ending. temperatures this morning finally on their way back up. but it's not all good news. there's another snowstorm brewing. indra petersons is tracking the very latest for us. >> good morning, i'm john berman. >> it's 5 a.m. in the east. there's a lot going on around the world. let's begin in ukraine where tensions in the east and west are escalating this morning with little sign of a resolution. the secretary of state john kerry sitting down with his ukrainian counterpart. later today, we'll talk with russia's foern minister. now vladimir putin insists those armed
. >>> dramatic developments, first up ukraine calls russia's actions a declaration of war. secretary of state john kerry calls it an invasion and occupation. just how bad is it and what can be done? we will cover all the angles. vitali klitschko, leader e of the ukrainian revolution, on his country's response to russian aggression. madeleine albright, the former secretary of state, brzezinski zbigniew, the former national security adviser on what the united states can and should do. then, is vladimir putin really the bad guy in all of this? i will introduce you to a very prominent expert who says niet. >>> and foreign policy at the oscars, one of the films up for best documentary tells the story of egypt's revolution brilliantly. i will speak with the director of the movie "the square." >>> but first, here's my take. in a strange act of historical coincidence it was 60 years ago this week that soviet leader nikita handed the premier over to the ukraine. it might not have seen a big deal in those days. everyone was part of one, big, unhappy soviet union. but that has created today's geopolitic
, and in washington where the president spoke concerning the crisis in ukrain as well. mike the secretary of state and president using versus forceful language, the secretary of state calling what happened in kiev freedom, and the president using words like meddle and intervene. >> yes, both men trying to embarrass vladimir putin on the world stage. the president said it has not been a sign of strength but a reflection of the suspicion of all of the neighbors of russia, ages of suspicions being echoed over the last 72 hours. the president said he want to de-escalate this. they are not making for a major confrontation. and secretary kerry on that score says that vladimir putin is looking for a pretext. here is a little bit more of what president obama had to say moments ago. >> from the perspective of the european union, the united states, allies like canada and japan, and allies in friends and partners around the world will is a strong belief that russia's action is violating international law. >> reporter: president obama saying again according to the agreement that was signed just last week del
ukraine's legal head of state. he believes the sessions taking place in the parliament are not legal. and he also said given, as you put hit, extremists had seized power in ukraine, he asked russia for protection. separately, russian news agencies said they had spoken to sources who had that request granted, which certainly seems to the the case if it is written over the russian airwaves. he did write that people in the crimea wouldn't accept what the government in kiev was doing. therefore he was prepared to step in again, work for compromise. according to that agreement he signed with the opposition and western powers. he seems to be speaking from an unknown location. we assume it's on russian territory. although his examine whereabouts have not been made clear. >> what is your reading of the fact that this has emerged through one of the official government news agencies and is quoting him directly. where does this mean russia is a aligning itself and what position is russia taking with the former president, although he says he is still the president? >> well, it feels like a prett
in ukraine. the state is one of the guarantors of sovereignty and territory under the budapest agreement. furthermore, a current member of the security council, which shares with other member states a very important function, to support peace and stability throughout the world. none of your reasoning about the legitimacy of the invasion of the ukraine can be condoned within the u.n. charter. all the arguments made by russia for protecting the russian population, which supposedly condones military intervention -- this is a question that is totally the internal purview of the citizens of ukraine, its government, and should be done under a constitution. all citizens, regardless of their nationality, have equal rights. only the ukrainian parliament can take decisions. assistance tory handle such humanitarian questions? i have already said we do not need that type of assistance. you continue to reference the 14 anent of february 20 agreement for the settlement of the crisis in ukraine. surprised by this type of reasoning. the russian side, which participated in the mediation talks in the prep
of interpretations. >> pelley: borough obama sent secretary of state kerry to ukraine to show solidarity with the new ain't-moscow government. state department correspondent margaret brennan is traveling with the secretary who is in paris tonight, margaret. >> reporter: scott, secretary kerry said his short visit to kiev was incredibly moving, and while he condemned russia's act of aggression, he said it is still possible for ukraine to have a peaceful political transition. >> good morning. >> reporter: secretary kerry made his way today to the shrine of the fallen near independence square where the demonstrations that ousted president yanukovich began. more than 80 protesters were killed in the uprising last month. >> thank you! thank you! >> reporter: the crowd appreciated the visit, as did their leaders, who got the concrete help they were looking for. kerry promised the u.s. would provide $1 billion in loan guarantees, help ukraine get its finances in order, and bring sanctions against russia in the coming days. kerry also had a message for president putin-- back off. >> it is not appropriate to
efforts to stabilize the situation? ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with russian's foreign minister in paris. >> crimea, was, is, and will be an integral part of the state of ukraine. >> ukraine's new prime minister talking about those tensions in crimea. as russian navy ships remain in the port. >>> and the american fighter jet that is costing taxpayers a fortune right now. ♪ >>> top diplomats trying to end the crisis in ukraine gathering in paris. john kerry is in paris trying to diffuse the crisis in ukraine. earlier today, his counterpart climbing there are no russian forces on the ground. >> the people do not listen to our orders, but the russian military forces in the black sea fleet are placed at the right spots a and some special alert measures have been adopted to control the black sea feet, because as our president said we are not going to allow any blood to be spilled. >> phil ittner joins us live now from paris. >> del, sergey lavrov may say there are no troops, but as far as the west is concerned those are russian troops. it appears as though the tactic is go
the u.s. could respond to the crisis in ukraine. today david talks to secretary of state john kerry and marco rubio about what happened since russia has intervened. >>> from potholes in the street to cracks on bridges, the new price tag to fix the problems and improve the safety of your commute. >>> the honoring of african-americans this is still a work in progress. >>> the biggest story now on nbcwashington.com is the weather. >>> this winter has been a tough one especially on the roads. when you combine the snowy season with years of neglect, a lot of work will need to be done to make highways and bridges safer. tom costello has more on what those might cost. >> reporter: building a new expanded interchange to handle traffic from the rapidly growing suburbs, one upgrade to bridges that's cracked, crumbled, patched up and rusted. after the bridge collapse in washington state after a tractor trailer clipped the support beam. now americans dodge the landscape of potholes t the government has put a price tag on what it will cost to get roads and bridges back to where they should be. u
and cry me a shipping policy. ukraine will have state independence yuri news correspondent in ukraine says that three this referendum which would go on to autonomy to the claim even the pub make the situation is tending to kind of stance game between muscat and kiev. most guys just made it through a period crimea. and now the next day from the new kiev government. a twenty fold. the boss of the pond to the drama of a vandal the key in the center can tune in to the news it seems that all twenty. the united states has told russia to show that its promise not to intervene in ukraine is sincere. good afternoon everybody. this morning i called the foreign minister lavrov. and we talked to some length about the transition in the offensive in ukraine in the region. and i am specifically. the dr show work with the united states and with our friends and allies in order to support ukraine. to rebuild unity security that a healthy economy. the white has said that their warned russia to avoid provocative acts on to support ukraine's territorial integrity and sovereignty ukraine's eyes the president fo
that is a clip of the rights of the movement of ukraine states its mission. and well something that the revolution here and that with the ousting of president upon which it's needed to be the youngest has a different view. what can i. this is just the beginning. ukraine's resurrection. europe's resurrection. we started our mind. while. what does this selection require the storming of political party offices the torching of politicians houses. and the manhunt for journalists from the get go. he recently offered you work for the whereabouts of a russian journalist from the rt our channel for the cold providing false information so you can see where we are having now is that the jewish community in the far north and south eastern ukraine thought calm had returned but on tuesday unidentified man tried to set the tone suitable to blake's with multiple channels. each four masked men started throwing explosives at our synagogue at around eleven pm. oh security try to catch the perpetrators of that failed. the reit sector is the quarry and the voice of the uprising but the extent of it
that russia must respect ukraine's territorial integrity. we know that secretary of state kerry will be coming here for very much the same reason, to give support to the fledgling government. over in brussels and in europe there have been a number of groups that have said they are meeting to discuss possible consequences for what has happened. for example the eu head of security, katherine ashton said russia must withdraw, it should withdraw. there are grave concerns in europe but the west as nick schifrin indicated doesn't have the military might to do it but we are starting to hear word of possible economic strength and economic pressure on russia. they may not be able to put tanks on the ground. nobody wants a direct confrontation with russia dell l but there is a possibility of hitting where it hurts in the pocketbook. >> phil, thank you very much. the crisis in ukraine has quickly become one of the most tense and complex issues especially for president obama. new leadership there in the face of that russian military intervention. mike viqueria is at the white house. when the secretary arr
before secretary of state, john kerry, arrived to show the u.s. support for ukraine's new government. >> the united states reaffirms our commitment to ukraine'ssoeverty and territorial integrity. according to international law. we condemn the russian federations active aggression. >> the obama administration is also pledging a billion dollars in loan guarantees to help you crane weather this crisis and will offer advisers to help with new elections. world financial markets and russia's currency rebounded tuesday after big drops. putin claims any sanctions will backfire. >> one step closer to eliminating jail time for people who smoke marijuana at home. today, the city council voted 10-1 to make possession of an ounce or less of pot punishable by a civil fine of $25. under the measure, public smoking of marijuana would still be a criminal offense. mayor vincent gray is expected to sign the bill, but congress can still veto the measure. >>> if you have gone looking for, then you know that rock salt is in high demand this season. stores around the region having a tough time keeping that
our viewers in the united states and around the world. we're following the growing crisis in ukraine where tensions are rapidly escalating and the president of the united states, president obama is about to walk into the white house briefing room to make a major statement. the ukrainian government is accusing russian black sea forces of trying to seize two airports in crimea and cutting off communications between the russian majority region and the rest of ukraine. russian troops also are set to have surrounded the state television facility, some are calling it, and i'm quoting it now, an armed invasion of the country. all of this coming just six days after the ukrainian president, viktor yanukovych, was driven from the capital following deadly demonstrations against this pro-moscow president. let's go to our senior white house correspondent jim askos sta. explain this for us. >> president obama was supposed to be out here 15 minutes ago so he's running late. he was expected to be at the democratic committee at this hour, wolf, laying out his midterm strategy for his party. instead h
between ukraine and russia. high-level talks between the two countries with the united states right in the middle. >>> massive explosion. a neighborhood rocked and leveled. debris in the trees and nearby windows blown out. new details on what caused the deadly blast. >>> swallowed by the sea. tossed like a toy in an ocean, rescue unlike any other. >> it started to go down pretty quick. she went straight into the water. >> the terrifying moment there and dramatic rescue all caught on camera. >>> epic reactions this morning after putting a rotary phone in the hands of youngsters. >> not like this. >> good wednesday morning, everyone. i'm john muller. >> i'm marci gonzalez in for diana perez. we begin with high-level talks aimed at putting an end to the tense situation between ukraine and russia. >> secretary of state john kerry meeting with russia's foreign minister in paris this morning. kerry is also speaking with ukraine's foreign minister who hitched a ride to france on secretary of state's plane. abc's tahman bradley is following it from washington. >> reporter: the u.s. and othe
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and the united states, ukraine, but clearly there you go. there are his comments today essentially suggesting that he would like to move back into the country and resume presidency. i don't know, and maybe you have a sense of this, to what extent he has any support for what he is talking about from the russian government. >> well, from my van take point either on the north lawn i can't say for sure. but i can tell you, tony, the white house has been asked this very question. what is the standing of viktor yanukovych. there is a word that they keep using, and that's abdicate. president yanukovych in view of the white house has abdicated his responsibility. he has absconded from kiev, and obviously within russia. and therefore the parliament parliament has taken steps to move towards constitutional rule. they arthey now have a care takg government to carry them forward to elections scheduled may 25th. >> i think you're right. >> that's the policy of the u.s. government. president yanukovych is no longer the leader in view of the united states government of the ukraine. up until a couple of days
of state john kerry and the ukraine president will be face to face. efforts at diplomacy have failed so far. i'm martha maccallum. gregg: i'm gregg jared. the united states and great britain could not get ukraine and russia to sit down earlier this morning at a gathering of world leaders in paris but they say they will try again in a few hours. martha: russia is gaining ground in crimea, reportedly surrounding two battalions of ukrainian troops. this as one eastern pro-russian city where russian flags have flown since saturday. the european union is upping the ante with some money. they offered $15 billion to bail the ukraine out of a steep economic crisis. james rosen is traveling with secretary kerry in paris. the efforts to get ukraine and russia to sit down at the table and talk seem to have failed. >> so far a non-starter good day from paris where secretary of state kerry brought the foreign minister on board the secretary's own plane. the two met with the british foreign secretary william haig. they largely agree on the ukraine crisis. but it was meant to note the absence much russia.
to grips with ukraine. the united states and europe have been slated against russia. john kerry and sergei lavrov are due to meet in paris. they are meant to talk about syria, but no doubt ukraine will fig fighture. ukrainian soldiers, meanwhile, have been, in some says forced to choose sides. jennifer glasse reports from sevastopol. >> if there's somewhere where the russians have full control, it's here at sevastopol. ships of the black sea fleet halt all traffic, draining all life from this otherwise thriving port. if the russian's intentions is to take over ukrainian military instillations, it is not over yet. ukrainian servicemen refuse to yield to the russian show of force. >> the russians take position in front of this army base. we spoke to some of the ukrainian servicemen through the gate. they said they had not received an ultimatum. they said they had no intention to vender the base because they had pledged loyalty to ukraine, and said that they hoped it would be solved peacefully. the soldiers are digging in for the long haul. relying on the support of relatives to keep them goi
of the ukraine to assure him in this difficult moment the united states supports his government's efforts and stands for the sovereignty, territorial integrity, and a democratic future of the ukraine. i also commend the ukrainian government's restraint and commitment to uphold its international obligations. we'll continue to coordinate closely with our european allies . we will continue to communicate directly with the russian government. and we will continue to keep all of you in the press and the american people informed as events develop. thanks very much. inare they russian forces crimea? >> so a short statement by president obama. we understand that he is going to walk across the street to the democratic national committee winter meeting a few blocks from the white house. when he gets there and begins his remarks, we will have him for you live. u.s.er this afternoon, the security council held an emergency session to discuss the political unrest in the ukraine. meeting, theor ukrainian ambassador to the u.n. spoke to reporters. this is 40 minutes. we will show you as much as we can. i
with the breaking news. the united states believes that russian troops have entered ukraine. ukrainian officials are accusing russia of an armed invasion after hundreds of troops tried to take control of two airports in crimea. several builds have been seized and they are patrolling the streets. we have new video to show you. these are russian helicopters flying over crimea, which is the peninsula below the ukraine. this picture was posted on youtube. the president, just a short time ago, addressed the nation in an unexpected statement from the white house briefing room. he said the united states is, quote, deeply concerned by reports of russia's military movements. >> and just days after the world came to russia for the olympic games that would invite the condemnation of nations around the world. and, indeed, the united states will stand with the international community in affirming that there will be costs for any military intervention in ukraine. >> all right. i want to get straight to the chief national security correspondent for us here at cnn, jim sciutto. jim, what are your sources tellin
possible to stop aggression against ukraine. we are calling for the we asktional monitors all member states of the united nations to demonstrate solidarity with the ukraine to protect the very basic principals of the united nations currently brutally violated by a permanent state, a prominent member of the security council. thank you, madam president. thank you for your attention. >> i thank the representative from ukraine for his statement and i now give the floor to members of the security council. i give the floor to the representative of the russian federation. >> thank you, madam president. first of all, i would like to thank my -- i would like to express my sympathy to you. under your presidency in just the two hours we wasted on discussing the format for this meeting, and we agreed that in an open format only three people would speak. mr. ellerson, my ukrainian colleague and the russian federation. as i understand, some of the colleagues of the security council already intend to break with this, but what can you do? there is a game without rules. i would like to thank him for his bri
impact for ukraine. peter cook tells us how the ukraine is fueling the energy debate here in the states. ukraine. the latest on president obama says russian president vladimir putin has breached international law. the present spoke to reporters earlier today on the situation in crimea. thatere is a strong belief russia's actions is violating international law. president putin seems to think -- has a different set of lawyers making a different set of interpretations. that is fooling anybody. everybody recognizes that, although russia has legitimate interests in what happens in a neighboring state, that does not give them the right to use force as a means of inserting influence. said heresident also has not spoken to president putin since the weekend. let's get the latest on the --und rumble bloomberg ground from bloomberg. what is the latest in the standoff? much a tensel very standoff. there's is an air base down in crimea. it was taken over by russian forces over the weekend. this morning, ukrainian troops -- 300 of them -- marched back to that base and said they wanted it back. soldie
-strapped ukraine tuesday as it's economic situation worsened. >> the state treasury is empty. and to unbelievable and unlimited corruption in my country we cannot collect the revenues in order to execute our social obligations. >> ukraine has issued short-term debt at right rates as high as 15%. the new governmentest states had needs $35 billion in rescue loans over the next two years. >> with the first efforts with a diplomatic solution failing in paris today what are the tools at the world's disposal if it decides to pressure russia over the occupation of ukraine? that's this edition of the program. joining us for a look at the russian ukrainian and american economies are jacob, senior fellow at the peterson institute for international economics. from kiev, valari, political analyst at a political think tank. he also lectures at kiev business school and from washington, mihala acting director of the council's energy and environment program. jacob, is there much in the way of economic leverage at the u.s. holds in russia? >> cared to the e.u. in my opinion no. you like in europe, for instance, y
growing tensions in ukraine. secretary of state kerry leaves tonight for kiev to meet with lead leaders from the government. the acting president says crew members are ready to defend ships after troops demanded surrender. >> the russian troops, so is the global effort to penalize russia. at dabbing bass door talked with us about this crisis. >> this when criticizing the actions >> michael mcfall just returned to stanford two days ago. he's in agreement with president obama that russia must pay a price for sending in troops to the crima region. >> this is just unacceptable. you can't just invade a country and annexed territory. it can't happen in 2014. he believes economic sanctions will put a chill on foreign investment. if if you're looking now, say up street here or in america, have you three australia you have a fourth one, the board is thinking this is too risky. >> people are starting to hi about shifting their outsourcing to other countries. >> nobody thinks there is going to be a war but risk is there as a business person, why should i take that risk? world leaders considerate
night on state-run broadcasts. the leadership of ukraine's government is made up of neo-nazis, and radicaled backed by the west. it's a propaganda drum beat launched at the same time as russia's military move on ukraine. >> what the public sees is the picture in which fascist gangs seized power in kiev. they are dangerous. they jeopardize the livelihood of russian speakers, russian compatriots, ethnic russias, however it is put. and russia is to the rescue of these people. >> reporter: and there is no shortage of commentators always ready to ram home the message. >> translator: they gave guarantees to them and the whole world that the protest was going to be peaceful, as a lot, lots of corpses and tied up government. >> reporter: the government's information offensive has been pervasive and hugely successful. >> when you have state-controlled media, you have an incredible source that when -- whefrn you want to unleash a complain, just give the commanding. >> just because i work here for our team doesn't mean i don't have editorial independence, and i can't stress enough
. secretary of state john kerry will travel to ukraine tonight. sunday, he told bob schieffer that russia has committed, in his words, an incredible act of aggression. >> you just don't, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped-up pretext. i think russia needs to think very carefully about the choice that it's making, and there are visa bans there are asset freezes, there's isolation with respect to trade and investment. american businesses may well want to start thinking twice about whether they want to do business with a country that behaves like this. these are serious implications. >> and president obama spoke with other world leaders yesterday. major garrett is at the white house where officials say they're prepared to shut out russia. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. the economic moves that secretary of state kerry just outlined are very real and the white house is hoping that vladimir putin, the russian president, will back down at least slightly and take the off
are following for you. diplomatic efforts to stabilize the situation? ukraine. secretary of state john kerry meeting with russian's foreign minister in paris. >> crimea, was, is, and will be an integral part of the state of ukraine. >> ukraine's new prime minister talking about those tensions in crimea. as russian navy ships remain in the port.
federation constitute an act of aggression against the state of ukraine. >> that in response to russian president vladimir putin receiving authorities saturday from his parliament to use military force in ukraine. all the while, the spectacle continued. a mystery gunman with no insignias on their uniforms, patrolling the streets. >> where are you from? >> russia. >> from where in russia? >> it's not important. >> but it is important to nearly all of europe and the united states. president obama spoke to president putin calling on him to withdraw his troops. on sunday the situation seemed to get worse. they surrounded their naval operations base. asking the commander to hand over control. >> we've been ordered to defend the base he says, if anyone tries to force us to leave, we'll defend it and fight with our guns. >> in all some ten bases surround it. ukrainian troops inside the base appear to be russian troops on the youd sides. the stand-offs have been tense, so far there's been no loss of life. russia had complete operational control of crimea. >> the central government is shaky to s
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